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The Frames — The Cost
Album: The Cost
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Released: 2006
Length: 4:07
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Love has been the cause
Of all this suffering
And what has been our loss
Has been it's gaining
So lay your burdens down
And stop your crying

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us

Low have been the odds
Of our reuniting
And where now can we turn
When we've got nothing

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us
And maybe it'll turn
Us around
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 idiot_wind wrote:
What is this? A song for a death march? PSD...

 
No, it's just something that you don't understand....
What is this? A song for a death march? PSD...
My wife got it right with her comment from the next room ... "this guy's full of heaviosity".  Ugh.
Generally like this band but I  wish he'd sing just ONE happy song. Just ONE{#Beat}
Unusually awesome and matches my understanding of good music
A dreadful dirge? 

Hit the PSD. 
Reminds me a bit of Gov't Mule, with the guitar by Pink Floyd{#Bananajam}
the best track I've heard for the last time {#Yell}
To the curious and whomever cares:
That "solo" is a violin with effects and guitar mixed
 Or Soundgarden meets Big Head Todd and the Monsters...

sieversfam wrote:
Lots of "sounds like" comments.   I am ALWAYS hearing Soundgarden here.

 

Love this. The movie (Once, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swell_Season) is also great: quirky, offbeat, especially interesting if any part of you is a musician.

Is that a real drum?

 

As for suicide, gimme Celine Dion any day and I'll launch myself under a train.


Lots of "sounds like" comments.   I am ALWAYS hearing Soundgarden here.
I feel the same, Proclivities, about sad songs. Musically, this song is a dirge! But lyrically, this song is much more than a sad song, as I hear it:

"Love has been the cause
Of all this suffering
And what has been our loss
Has been it's gaining...

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us
And maybe it'll turn
Us around"

I don't think I can say this without offending some folks, and perhaps even sounding preachy. Oh well.
Love is all about loss.
(For example: to have a successful lifelong relationship, you (only) have to lose some of your ego to your partner).
There is one guarantee in life: that you will lose everything and everyone that you love, in the end.
The punch line to God's cosmic joke is that we are only love, really.
Surrender to love, and the world is your beloved.

Proclivities wrote:

The only times I can remember music making me contemplate suicide was when I had to endure Billy Joel or Phil Collins for their 20-year, overlapping reigns of dullness.  The Carpenters always seemed a little conducive to suicide as well.  Gloomy or sad music usually makes me fell a little solace.


          Blastcat900 wrote:
          If I ever want to commit suicide I hope I remember this song.

 


Love it! Great, haunting guitar!!  {#Guitarist}
Actually. I might think I believe I just like this track.
Ok Bill, follow this with King Crimson's Epitaph and you can be the biggest mass-suicider* since Jonestown.

 * assuming I still have the dexterity to coin a phrase and slash my wrists at the same time.



 jpfueler wrote:
I get a late Robert Plant backed by Los Lobos vibe myself.
 This really is funereal music!
 Blastcat900 wrote:
If I ever want to commit suicide I hope I remember this song.

 
The only times I can remember music making me contemplate suicide was when I had to endure Billy Joel or Phil Collins for their 20-year, overlapping reigns of dullness.  The Carpenters always seemed a little conducive to suicide as well.  Gloomy or sad music usually makes me feel a little solace.
Frames fans, is that Glen on screaming lead guitar or someone else.

PS - met Glen briefly at PJ20 - nice guy. Great performer
Very nice song! Just what I needed!
F'n love this tune! Very cool laid back sound with a raw touch!! Awesome full blast with headphones, 2am after a heaving night!
 Jazbo wrote:
I thought Peter Green Fleetwood Mac.......6...
 
i hear that a bit. a little of cortez cortez...maybe the tempo and percussion. anyway, i like.
Aaaaa Shoot out the Lights! 
 Papernapkin wrote:
The suicide set.
 
I don't think that is a bad thing, I think that is a compliment.  Think about where the "Blues" got its name.  Being down and out and all.  Just knowing other humanoids feel pain is comforting.  Yes, I have been in pain.  Often.  So? 
 oldsaxon wrote:
I thought my little tube amp had broken :(
Still, I'm liking this now that the tubes have cooled down a bit. 
 
essentially, you are saying that you like the song now that the cathodes have stopped emmitting?  nice!
I thought Peter Green Fleetwood Mac.......6...
I hear Live.
If I ever want to commit suicide I hope I remember this song.
 rabbi_phil wrote:


interesting. maybe ''Goin down to mexico'- ish, from 'z.z.tops first album'. but you gotta wanna hear it,comprende?
 
I get a late Robert Plant backed by Los Lobos vibe myself.

I can't take this dirge right now....
 Papernapkin wrote:
The suicide set.
 
ha ha :o)
neurosis-ish, here: with listenable singing.
 crockydile wrote:
Anyone hear early ZZ Top in there?
 

interesting. maybe ''Goin down to mexico'- ish, from 'z.z.tops first album'. but you gotta wanna hear it,comprende?
Fuck......... I love this song
I thought my little tube amp had broken :(
Still, I'm liking this now that the tubes have cooled down a bit. 
nooooiiiisy, I like it!

 
Jazbo wrote:
Channeling Peter Green.........
 

Awesome tone...........
I've found a greater appreciation for this tune after reading how much it seems to trouble some of the people who post negative comments about it.   There's something to be said for that in a song.


Channeling Peter Green.........
Now, I like this!
 jckearney wrote:
Love The Frames! Please play more of their stuff ("Red Chord" or "What Happens When the Heart Just Stops" or something from "Burn the Maps") They're awesome!
 
Agreed!  This isn't my favorite Frames tune, but I still love the lyrics in particular.

The suicide set.
I'm hearing hints of Presence-era Zeppelin.
JUST WONDERFUL!

I was certain to hear the BLACK KEYS,
when hearing the great tune for the first time!
From a "5" to a "7"...more listens are helpful. I like the overall feel and atmosphere this tune generates.
Wonderful!
Nice segue from the previous (Sixteen Horsepower) tune.

GREAT!
Sounds like the snare drum head has a crack in it.  Need to get that replaced, dude.
Grunge guitar......very good moody sounds throughout..I'm often just leaving myself notes when I comment only later to return and buy various tracks.  {#Arrowu}


Jelani wrote:
...This is like being dragged through a pig stye filled with nails and broken glass after being tied to a tree in the woods for days having the bugs eat at you, with open sores sucking in all the bile and badness...
You say that like it's a bad thing. It hurts so good!

I like the instrumental section chords. Kind of ominous. The rest is draggy. Growing on me though...
BLACK KEY KNOCK-OFF?
VICE VERSA?

But that's unfair to ask,
since it sounds definitely GREAT!

 crockydile wrote:

Yeah, in a soulful, hard-edged groovy kind of way. mmmmm. dreadful.{#Tongue}
 

BORING........!
Heavy...but in a hurts good way.{#Bananajam}Spacey too.
 Papernapkin wrote:

Wes,
'Papernapkin' is an inside secret among graphic designers: Paper napkins capture the inspiration of thinkers. It alludes to the creative process. They're also good for phone numbers of pretty girls when you're out having a drink. So, no, you'd have to be atypical to get it.

As for the song, it's a dirge. It sucks the life out of the party.

Cheers.
Michael
www.papernapkin.com 
 

{#Roflol}Makes sense. Reminds me of how useful towels are (Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

No, you'd not play this at a party, unless it were an emo party, but it is a very moving 'dirge' and gives me goose pimples. Best not to listen to it when you're really down, mind. 8 from the Nottingham jury.

+1 for dreadful
Anyone hear early ZZ Top in there?
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Dreadful.
 
Yeah, in a soulful, hard-edged groovy kind of way. mmmmm. dreadful.{#Tongue}
Love The Frames! Please play more of their stuff ("Red Chord" or "What Happens When the Heart Just Stops" or something from "Burn the Maps") They're awesome!
 garycha wrote:
Did "Cortez The Killer" make a showing here?
 

That's what I thought too. Reckon he can "kill" the guitar solo?{#Guitarist}

Did "Cortez The Killer" make a showing here?
It's seems there are several artists 'round here who sing about burning sensations.  Not judging, just sayin... 

 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Dreadful.
 

Wonderful.

Dreadful.
The band just isn't the same after they started taking lithium.
wow - grabs ya
 ecyfoto wrote:
You can hear Talk Talk as a possible influence. Well, at least I can. Great stuff.
 
Yes, something disrupting and caressing simultaneously.
nice soundscape
Reminds me of the Afghan Whigs.
Instant 8. Never heard it before. Hmmm, what a groove. {#Guitarist}
 MayBaby wrote:
But when you're already down it brings a certain release. I love it. 8 > 9 I think I'll have a good cry now :o)

Love has been the cause
Of all this suffering
And what has been our loss
Has been it's gaining
So lay your burdens down
And stop your crying

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us

Low have been the odds
Of our reuniting
And where now can we turn
When we've got nothing

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us
And maybe it'll turn
Us around

 
Thanks MayBaby, for posting the lyrics. I share your sentiment as well. Peace.

 reindeer wrote:
I really don't care for this song.  It just brings me down every time I hear it.  {#Frown}

 
But when you're already down it brings a certain release. I love it. 8 > 9 I think I'll have a good cry now :o)

Love has been the cause
Of all this suffering
And what has been our loss
Has been it's gaining
So lay your burdens down
And stop your crying

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us

Low have been the odds
Of our reuniting
And where now can we turn
When we've got nothing

Will we let it burn
Burn us down, burn us
And maybe it'll turn
Us around



Man, I just cannot believe how this song has grown on me.

I really don't care for this song.  It just brings me down every time I hear it.  {#Frown}

wow, sort of played woven hand (16 horsepower) next to this, nice
Is it just me, or does this remind you of Led Z also? It's good.
What is it about today? This songs segues perfectly from Madrugada—-wow, I would have had Woven Hand next in the set.
No? well, that would've been perfect.
Wiki says he's the guy from the movie "Once," if I sped read that right.

You can hear Talk Talk as a possible influence. Well, at least I can. Great stuff.

Ok, I'm a hypocrite.  I commented on a prior Sarah Slean song that it plodded and felt that it detracted.  Here, this cut obviously plods, but it's essential and adds. . . I love this song. . .


{#Bananajam}good guitare......

in german: geile guitarre......



 Papernapkin wrote:

Wes,
'Papernapkin' is an inside secret among graphic designers: Paper napkins capture the inspiration of thinkers. It alludes to the creative process. They're also good for phone numbers of pretty girls when you're out having a drink. So, no, you'd have to be atypical to get it.

As for the song, it's a dirge. It sucks the life out of the party.

Cheers.
Michael
www.papernapkin.com 
 

I'd say it depends on what kind of a party you'r at. But otherwise clearly this is not a pop tune for playing loud at most parties. So what?!?
 westslope wrote:

Papernapkin,  Can you imagine a typical fella adopting a handle of "Papernapkin"?  :)

 

You really don't like this song, do you now.  You don't dig the Nordic quality?

 
Wes,
'Papernapkin' is an inside secret among graphic designers: Paper napkins capture the inspiration of thinkers. It alludes to the creative process. They're also good for phone numbers of pretty girls when you're out having a drink. So, no, you'd have to be atypical to get it.

As for the song, it's a dirge. It sucks the life out of the party.

Cheers.
Michael
www.papernapkin.com 
Love The Frames.  Glen Hansard is one of the better rock songwriters, yet still unknown despite winning an Oscar.

Try their album "Burn The Maps," it's a good way to get introduced to The Frames.
This is terrific.  You hear the influences but you hear the originality.  Well done. I'm interested.
YUMMY
The Frames?  Who the hell are The Frames?  Love that guitar.  Wait.  *scroll*  A violinCool!

I find this quite a likable song, though it is apparently not for everyone.  It's interesting that even some of the negative comments for it engage the processes of quantification and empirical reasoning.  Well, that's better than just writing "It sucks".

Papernapkin,  Can you imagine a typical fella adopting a handle of "Papernapkin"?  :)

 

You really don't like this song, do you now.  You don't dig the Nordic quality?


I'm doin it, man. Up to nine!
 handyrae wrote:
It's hard to quantify how much I dislike this song.
 

And it's hard for me to quantify how much I love this song. Go figure.
It's hard to quantify how much I dislike this song.
 starfishNcoffee wrote:
This reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd
  Wird, not to me, at all...


It reminds me of my Crazy old Pink Horse named Floyd. {#Neutral}
This reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd
I'm sure there is an empirical reason why I should like this song, but I haven't figured it out yet.  Emotional = yes.  Powerful = Um, probably.  Demonstration of musical prowess = Ok.  Enjoyable = Negative.

Sorry - too much pathos for me. 
I just recently came to the realization that his voice sounds strangely like Marianne Faithful's.
a little crazy horse.....  {#Cowboy}
What a perfect song.. tremendous!!
Whoa... is there anything that Glen Hansard can't do? 
Yeah it is a violin, actually Camper van beethoven used to do this type of work in their live shows. Get Neil Young feelings, not Floyd and maybe Trower. It's good.
Pass me a razor blade, I want to slit my wrists..... I like the slightly Floyd sounding violin solo but the rest of the song... oh dear.
 a_genuine_find wrote:
Top 10 emotionally expressive guitar solos EVER
  
 {#Beat}

Read below, its not a guitar.

This song really sucks the life out of a party. It's a warm evening here in Northern California. We were doing fine until this came on. Now we're listening to 'Arms of Woman' by Amos Lee instead. Peace.
Top 10 emotionally expressive guitar solos EVER
Bill, can I go out with your daughter Rebecca?
Depressing
The Band - The Frame, The Song - The Cost. Allot of "the"s. LOL

Pretty disturbing video I must say. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNHVM__iDwc
Wow, What a song! It lifts me up into the Stratosphere {#Propeller}. And that for a melodramatic song. Bitter and sweet, sweet and bitter, just as life... GREAT STUFF!
 a_genuine_find wrote:
8 {#Arrowu} 9{#Whipit}Guitar solo {#Music}{#Good-vibes}
 

Believe it or not, that is a violin under distortion. Good stuff huh?
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I LOVE this song. I am having a hard time playing it on my guitar. Anyone here know wtf he is playing? I saw a video on youtube, where he is playing in an elevator, so I can get some notes, but not quite all. Can't find tabs anywhere either.  =(


Laptopdog wrote:

Sort of has a Robin Trowers 'Bridge of Sighs' vibe about it.

Spot on with the Sighs beat...... topped off with the distant Floyd guitar.  Thumbs up.

 denmom wrote:
Good lord!  Somebody get these folks a whole BUCKET of antidepressants...and some espresso to wash 'em down with.  {#Eyes}
 

I don't know.... I think there is a core of hopefullness at the base of this song.
 OHMish wrote:
When the big guitar comes in.. amazing. Neil Young-ish or Pink Floyd-ish.

 
Yeah: Neil's Cortez the Killer
Also sonically resembles a cut on John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band LP: Working Class Hero.

8 {#Arrowu} 9{#Whipit}Guitar solo {#Music}{#Good-vibes}
Good lord!  Somebody get these folks a whole BUCKET of antidepressants...and some espresso to wash 'em down with.  {#Eyes}
 Laptopdog wrote:

Sort of has a Robin Trowers 'Bridge of Sighs' vibe about it.
 

See where you're coming from on that. First time I've heard it (yeh I love RP for that) and it sounds pretty classy.

"maybe it'll turn us around" - let's hope so, eh?
drums remind me of a song from the first album of The Cure, some parts of the song remind me of Kravits (including the voice) and some of Radiohead: anyone else? Nice song!
When the big guitar comes in.. amazing. Neil Young-ish or Pink Floyd-ish.

 PurplePrincess wrote:
Sounds like the love child of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin....excellent!
 
That's what I hear